No Contact Yet from New US Administration on JCPOA: IAEA Chief

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said US President Donald Trump’s administration has not yet contacted his organization about its criticism of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

I was "in constant touch" with the US, but had yet to hear from the new administration on their concerns about the nuclear agreement, Amano said in an interview with AP on Tuesday.

"I'm expecting to have direct contact with the new administration very soon," he added.

Trump took office as the 45th president of the United States on January 20. He has threatened to either scrap the agreement or renegotiate it and seek a better deal.

In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in January dismissed as absurd the idea that the deal between Tehran and world powers can be renegotiated.

“(Holding) new negotiations (on the deal) is meaningless,” Rouhani said at a press conference in Tehran held on the first anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Iran and the Group 5+1 reached the nuclear deal in July 2015 and implemented it in January last year.

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